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Old 10-09-2015, 07:34 AM   #11
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Can emergency windows be opened on a regular basis

My bedroom window has no screen. It is good to know how to open it in case.
Our living area emergency exit is a regular window with screen that just happens to be big enough to crawl out.
I use a rod to keep it closed for extra security. Click image for larger version

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Old 10-09-2015, 08:44 AM   #12
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My bedroom window has no screen. It is good to know how to open it in case.
Our living area emergency exit is a regular window with screen that just happens to be big enough to crawl out.
I use a rod to keep it closed for extra security. Attachment 20484

Could you imagine seeing someone crawling out the E window? To save your life I know but..LOL
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I opened my up all the way one time on my 5th wheel to see how it worked. Right away I knew Ii would have to go out the front door of the trailer to get a ladder to be able to get down to the ground out of the emergency window. Thats a long way way to the ground...

Mine are setup to use for venting...

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Old 10-09-2015, 09:30 AM   #14
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Can emergency windows be opened on a regular basis

Like the old joke, " if there is no back door, where do you want one!"
I guarantee I could go out that window feet or head first if flames or smoke were inside. It might not be pretty though! LOL
From my days of work related fire training, you only have seconds to decide.
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Like the old joke, " if there is no back door, where do you want one!"
I guarantee I could go out that window feet or head first if flames or smoke were inside.
From my days of work related fire training, you only have seconds to decide.
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If the choice is a sprained ankle from jumping out a window or burning to death in a tin box, I choose the sprained ankle every day and twice on Sundays. Even if it's not an emergency exit window, I'll find a way out one way or another. I have tested my windows and am familiar with their operation.

I just wish there was some contingency to open them from the outside. If there's a fire in my trailer, me and my son are at opposite ends, and it could be difficult to get to him, and he's too little to help himself at 1YO.

So that changes the equation slightly. If it's save my son and burn to death in the tin box or save myself and my son dies, I'm dying a fiery death in a tin box, no doubt. But I'd rather save us both, and getting through the EE window from the outside would VASTLY improve the odds.

I wonder if emergency glass breakers work on TT windows?
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:47 AM   #16
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I am sure they do and I agree with your thoughts on saving the children first.
This is a great discussion that many do not think much about. I hope we can explore it thoroughly and positively.
We don't have small children with us so the dynamics of each case will be different but all campers need a plan that everyone knows about. Husband, wife and all children need to know what to do in a smoke ore fire emergency.
Just like at home.
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I absolutely hate thinking about this stuff, but I do it all the time. The more decisions that are made ahead of time, the better off for everyone. I know we kind of got off topic, but I am glad, because it got me to thinking more about my boy. When it was just me and DW, it was easy, we're both very self-reliant and we are a very cohesive team. But now that he's here, we have to look at things differently, and these discussion spurs are of great benefit to me in that respect.

Until today, I had never really thought about how we would handle this specific situation, but I can guarantee we will have a plan in place and be briefed in its execution before our next night in the trailer.

Sorry for the topic shift....
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Like the old joke, " if there is no back door, where do you want one!"
I guarantee I could go out that window feet or head first if flames or smoke were inside. It might not be pretty though! LOL
From my days of work related fire training, you only have seconds to decide.


Oh trust me, if flames were licking at me..I'd fit through a keyhole if I needed to!
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It certainly is amazing how fast the trailer burns down... I have only seen one burn and it was nothing in just a few minutes... fortunate no one was inside it... The final thing was the propane tank lighting off and going into the air...

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